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The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are "sticking out," but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The orthodontic office always has extra wax in case you run out so call us if you need more.

Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take the medications before your appointment. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.

Braces & Eating Habits

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

    The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:

gum
beef jerky
nuts
hard or sticky candy
corn chips
crisp taco shells
whole apples
celery
caramel
taffy
popcorn
soft drinks
candy bars

Eating restricted foods and lack of orthodontic appliances care may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific braces questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff.